College Basketball 2011 - 2012 Week 16 Review

By Dennis Berry

The week of College Basketball: Week 16

We are just now 2 weeks away from Selection Sunday. March Madness is right away the corner. The major conferences still have one week of games left and smaller conferences will have their conference tournaments this week.

In the mean time, let us take a look back at the previous week.

From 2-14 to Division Champs

The UNC Greensboro Spartans are one of the best stories in NCAA basketball this year. At one point they were 2-8. Then Head Coach Mike Dement was let go and Wes Miller was named the interim Head Coach. They would be 2-14 and pretty much an afterthought following a 92-63 loss to Davidson.

Well those Spartans that were 2-14 are now 12-18, but went 10-8 in the Southern Conference and won the North Division title. Just a great job by the team, to start their season over once they got into conference play. Wes Miller should be named the Head Coach following this performance.

Buzz 2 Steps after Win

Friday night was not a busy night for college basketball. Marquette was the only Top 25 team in action, playing on the road at West Virginia. Before the game came word that Marquette had suspended three starters before the game. The Golden Eagles were able to overcome an 11 point halftime deficit to win 61-60.

That put coach Buzz Williams in a dancing mood:

Williams dancing upset the students left in the arena and twitter blew up over it. Honestly what he did was not that big a deal. His team won a tough road game and he was happy.

Like Father, Like Son

Lamar Head Coach Pat Knight was upset with his team following a 62-52 loss to Stephen F. Austin Wednesday night. In the post game conference he let the world know it.

In that video Pat sounded more like his father, Bobby Knight, with his tone. It is one thing to be upset with your team, but Pat probably went a little too far in ripping his team like that to the media. I'm sure that the locker room was a fun place to be following that.

But perhaps Knight hit a nerve. The Cardinals won their next game 72-49 over Sam Houston State.

Winless No More

Binghamton finally got its first win of the year Thursday night. The Bearcats beat Vermont 57-53 to end their 27 game losing streak. Binghamton was the last team in NCAA Division I to win a game this season.

Kidd-Gilchrist Returning?

Kentucky fans had plenty to celebrate Saturday afternoon. They had just defeated Vanderbilt to clinch the program's 45th SEC Regular Season Championship. That also meant that the Wildcats would be the #1 seed in the SEC Tournament in a few weeks.

Then freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist decided the throw this out there:

"I'm graduating here. I'm not going nowhere," Kidd-Gilchrist told reporters when asked whether he is returning to Kentucky next season. "I'm dead serious. I don't know why y'all laughing."

Of course Kentucky fans would love to see the do it all freshman return for his sophomore year. Perhaps Kidd-Gilchrist was caught up in emotion of the win. Afterwards he sent of this message on twitter:

"I'm going to do what's ever best for me."

Odds are Gilchrist will move to the NBA after this season, but his comments leave room for him to return to Kentucky next year.

Hurricane Center Ineligible

Right before Miami took the court to face Florida State on Sunday, it found out it would be short one player. Miami declared Reggie Johnson ineligible before the game. The decisions came after an investigation revealed that members of his family received extra benefits not allowed by the NCAA.

Miami also said that the matter has nothing to do with the Nevin Shapiro investigation. Johnson has played in 17 games this year averaging 10.6 points and 6.9 rebounds a game.

Temple to Big East?

It appears that Temple University could be the school on the move. Earlier this week reports came out the Temple is in serious talks with the Big East. The move would because of football, but basketball would also get a huge boost with the move as well. Temple has always been on the best programs in the Atlantic Ten, but they could make a major impact with a move to the Big East.

No official announcement has been made yet, but this moves makes sense and should happen.


  • Kansas State over #3 Missouri
  • Seton Hall over #9 Georgetown
  • Purdue over #11 Michigan
  • Georgia over #12 Florida
  • Miami over #15 Florida State
  • Iowa over #16 Wisconsin
  • Cincinnati over #17 Louisville
  • Colorado State over #18 New Mexico
  • TCU over #18 New Mexico
  • St. John's over #20 Notre Dame
  • Saint Joseph's over #22 Temple

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